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Justin Bieber

Photog Killed

After Chasing Bieber's Ferrari

1/2/2013 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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7:30AM PST:
Justin released a statement, saying ... "Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."

8:40PM PST
Justin Bieber was not in the Ferrari ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.  We're told one of Justin's friends was driving and another friend was in the passenger seat.

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A paparazzo attempting to shoot photos of Justin Bieber's Ferrari was hit by another car and killed this evening -- although Bieber was NOT behind the wheel of the Ferrari ... TMZ has learned.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bieber's white Ferrari was pulled over by California Highway Patrol for speeding on the 405 ... near the Getty Center in LA.   The CHP directed the driver to pull off the freeway, onto Sepulveda Blvd.

According to our sources, Bieber was DEFINITELY not driving at the time.

We're told a paparazzo -- who was following the Ferrari at the time of the pull over -- attempted to snap pics while officers conducted the traffic stop.

The photog then crossed Sepulveda to snap pics and was told twice by the CHP to go back to his car on the other side of the road.  When the photog tried crossing back, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle as he crossed back and was killed.

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Our sources say drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the driver of the vehicle that hit the photog.

LAPD is now on scene investigating the incident.

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481 COMMENTS

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181.

Just Me    

This is clearly a case of being too stupid to live. Now some poor innocent will have to endure a manslaughter process. Papparazi can be criminal in cases like this.

567 days ago
182.

tom    

whoops. maybe he should not have been invading someones privacy for a buck

567 days ago
183.

shingabis    

splat

567 days ago
184.

jimmyjj    

that is FN awesome... These guys are the s*** of the earth!!!! hahahahahaha

567 days ago
185.

Legit    

Was this nonsense worth a life?
Proof Paps are WAY out of hand for a stupid picture. Put some laws into place, to protect innocent bystanders who could have been killed.

567 days ago
186.

Wesley Barry    

Driver not diver TMZ......they were on land,not water. :)

567 days ago
187.

Work4Bacon    

So unfortunate. Why would you get out of your car and stand in the street just to take Pictures?

567 days ago
188.

Rob E Barnett VT    

What a terrible tragedy.

567 days ago
189.

Whamo    

Bawahaaaaa!!! WHAT A FVKING DUMBASS! Died NOT getting a picture of the chipmunk Biebes. They killed Princes Di, they tourture people day in day out. It's about time one of these fvkers paid the price,
I do feel for his family and loved ones just the same. This whole industry needs to take stock of what and how they do their job.

567 days ago
190.

Catrina     

Must be one of TMZ guys..notice how they didn't mention it..

567 days ago
191.

doodoolemonque    

How much do you wanna bet they will try suing the kid for what happened? Only a matter time till some atty convinces the family he can prove it was the kid's fault.

567 days ago
192.

Swag94    

It looks like Bei Maejor in the passenger seat

567 days ago
193.

Terry     

Dogs that chase cars will eventually get run over......

567 days ago
194.

tenley    

The driver was distracted by the f*cking over-the-top blinged out car Bieber drives. The photographer wasn't even inside his car, he was outside. This reaction is gross.

567 days ago
195.

amy    

If Beiber came out as transsexual like Bralalalala the paparazzi would stop following him and calling him a talent.

567 days ago
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